COVID-19: UPDATE FROM THE RECTOR, MARCH 12

As cases of coronavirus COVID-19 continue to multiply exponentially, it’s important to remember that people of faith have gotten through tough times before. We will get through COVID-19, too – by taking all mandated and recommended precautions seriously and by supporting one another in creative ways. 

St. Mary’s will be following all new diocesan mandates and recommendations on Sunday, including: 
• Offering communion bread only. 
• Passing the Peace with no physical contact. 
• Not passing offering plates – You may drop in a contribution on your way to the altar rail or mail a check to the church. 

The following persons are particularly at risk and should take extra precautions: 
• Persons over the age of 60 
• Anyone of any age with underlying medical condition, particularly respiratory conditions, autoimmune disorders, those undergoing or recently receiving chemotherapy, and cigarette smokers 

What else is St. Mary’s doing? 
• Plans are in motion to increase our sharing of digital resources—music, meditations, and more—in the days to come. 
• Special Music Sunday with Mozart’s Mass in D major, originally scheduled for Sunday, March 22, is being postponed. 
• Coffee hour and the in-person portion of the Lenten study are cancelled for the next two weeks.